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Megalodon



Scientific Classification
  Kingdom Animalia
  Phylum Chordata
  Class Chondrichthyes
  Subclass Elasmobranchii
  Order Lamniformes
  Family Lamnidae
  Genus Carcharodon
  Species Carcharodon megalodon
Megalodon (full name Carcharodon megalodon) was a gigantic prehistoric shark that lived from the Miocene epoch to the Pleistocene epoch, between about 18 million years ago, and 1.5 million years ago.

Megalodon is the largest carnivorous fish known. It could grow to nearly 50 feet (15 meters) in length, and is thought to have fed upon cetaceans (such as whales and dolphins), sirenians (sea cows), and pinnipeds (semi-aquatic mammals such as seals and sea lions).

A Megalodon tooth is today the State Fossil of US state of Georgia.

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Carcharodon megalodon was a giant shark that lived between 18 and 1.5 million years ago

Carcharodon megalodon was a giant shark that lived between 18 and 1.5 million years ago


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Megalodon: The Biggest and Deadliest SHARK (Age 6 - 8) (Discovering The World Around Us)
By TJ Rob

TJ Rob
Paperback (38 pages)

Megalodon: The Biggest and Deadliest SHARK (Age 6 - 8) (Discovering The World Around Us)
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And you thought that Great White Sharks were big? Not even close next to a Megalodon.

Megalodons were the biggest and deadliest sharks that ever lived. Enter the incredible world of these monster prehistoric creatures.

Discover when they lived, what they ate and why they became extinct.

Filled with full color illustrations, fascinating facts and easy to understand text. For readers - from ages 6 to 8 but readers up to 100 will enjoy this book!

“…my children loved learning the facts about Megalodon Sharks and it kept them engaged and challenged. Definitely a great read and fun…”

To learn how these awesome predators ruled the oceans for millions of years, buy your copy of Megalodon today!

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Book Contents:
  1. Discovering The World Around Us
  2. What was a Megalodon?
  3. When did Megalodons live?
  4. What do we know about them?
  5. What did they look like?
  6. Where did they live?
  7. How big was Megalodon?
  8. How much did a Megalodon weigh?
  9. How big was the mouth and jaw of Megalodon?
  10. Giant Teeth
  11. Serrated Teeth
  12. How many teeth did Megalodon have?
  13. Did a Megalodon lose its teeth?
  14. How powerful was Megalodon’s bite?
  15. What did Megalodons eat?
  16. How much did a Megalodon eat?
  17. What about baby Megalodons?
  18. What was the lifespan of a Megalodon?
  19. How do we calculate the age of a Megalodon?
  20. Why did Megalodons become extinct?
  21. Here is one possible explanation for Megalodon’s extinction
  22. Are there any Megalodons in the oceans today?
  23. Could there be any Megalodons living in our oceans today?
  24. Don’t miss these other exciting Books by TJ Rob
Megalodon (Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals)
By Janet Riehecky

Capstone Press
Paperback (24 pages)

Megalodon (Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals)
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  • Capstone Press
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Megalodon was a giant prehistoric shark that lived more than 2 million years ago. Beginning readers will discover this amazing creature through carefully leveled text and super-realistic illustrations. Readers might gasp when they see what Megalodon looked like and find out what it hunted.
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
By Robert Sabuda

Candlewick Press
Released: 2006-04-11
Hardcover

Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Sharks and Other Sea Monsters
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  • Candlewick Press MA
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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water! Celebrate the New York Times best-selling 3-D look at prehistoric creatures of the deep.

While dinosaurs patrolled the lands, massive prehistoric sharks, giant scorpions, and colossal squid cruised the ancient oceans — most with just one thing in mind: eat or be eaten. Pop-up masters Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart explore the prehistoric underwater world where monsters like megalodon ruled the waves. Full of captivating facts and more than thirty-five breathtaking pop-ups, this incredible volume is sure to astonish and amaze everyone from budding marine biologists to confirmed landlubbers.
Monster Sharks: Megalodon and Other Giant Prehistoric Predators of the Deep
By Brenda Gurr

becker&mayer! kids
Released: 2018-09-11
Hardcover (48 pages)

Monster Sharks: Megalodon and Other Giant Prehistoric Predators of the Deep
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Monster Sharks: Megalodon and Other Giant Prehistoric Predators of the Deep  brings real-life sea monsters back from extinction and up from the ocean depths with its fascinating facts and build-it-yourself Megalodon skeleton.

Did you know that the prehistoric mega-shark called Megalodon was thirty times larger than a great white shark? If Megalodon were still alive, it would be able to destroy entire boats and swallow people whole! This nightmare-inducing shark continues to fascinate—and horrify—shark fans everywhere.

Monster Sharks: Megalodon and Other Giant Prehistoric Predators of the Deepbrings to the surface everything there is to know about this famed monster and explores other giant sea monsters from the past, including Tylosaurus (the deadliest marine hunter of its time) and the Elasmosaurus (a swimming reptile with a neck four times longer than a giraffe.)

With your imagination brimming with the amazing facts and figures of Monster Sharks, bring your own Megalodon to life with this 17-piece, 8.5" long, intricately detailed Megalodon skeleton, complete with a 2-part stand. Assemble it yourself! 
Super Shark Encyclopedia: And Other Creatures of the Deep (Super Encyclopedias)
By DK

DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley
Released: 2015-06-02
Hardcover (208 pages)

Super Shark Encyclopedia: And Other Creatures of the Deep (Super Encyclopedias)
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  • DK Publishing Dorling Kindersley
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Super Shark Encyclopedia uncovers the secrets of the oceans by exploring a remarkable array of 80 sharks and other sea creatures — from Barrel Shrimp to Blue Sharks, Starfish to Bat Fish, and Hammerhead Sharks to Sandtiger Sharks, plus surfing penguins, deep-sea monsters, rays, eels and more. Packed with jaw-dropping facts about animal behavior and anatomy, new x-ray artworks utilize cross-sections and strip layers away to show key anatomical features in detail. It showcases record-breaking animals, such as the deadliest predators and the most venomous creatures, and explains how and why their bodies work the way they do. With its combination of spectacular photography and clear yet authoritative text, Super Shark Encyclopedia is the ultimate visual guide to the oceans' most incredible stories.
Prehistoric Sea Beasts (If Extinct Beasts Came to Life)
By Matthew Rake

Hungry Tomato ®
Released: 2017-01-01
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Prehistoric Sea Beasts (If Extinct Beasts Came to Life)
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The ocean is filled with giant, strange, and scary creatures such as whales, octopuses, and sharks―but the prehistoric megalodon was powerful enough to crush a killer whale. Other sea beasts of the past could hold their own against even the most mysterious of modern sea creatures. Sea scorpions had claws the size of tennis rackets. Tanystropheus used its long neck to catch fish from land. And Leedsichthys had as many as 40,000 teeth! What would happen if these extinct beasts came to life? Imagine prehistoric sea beasts chasing dolphins, fighting crocodiles, and hunting humpback whales―and learn all about the prehistoric creatures of the deep!

Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter
By Mark Renz

CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
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Megalodon: Hunting the Hunter
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(Black and white edition). How does a shark grow to 60 feet in length? Why would it need to? Which sharks were its ancestors? What could possibly bring about its extinction? Or is this beast still out there in the vastness of our deepest seas, feeding on whales and giant squids? Mark Renz is the author of "Fossiling In Florida" (University Press of Florida), "Giants in the Storm" (PaleoPress), "Desert Sharks" (PaleoPress), and several books of nature photography and prose. From the Forewords and Introductions: "...The ultimate terror of the waters, sixty feet long, and just as predaceous in its behavior as the modern great white shark, was good old C. megalodon. Now, Mark Renz, who writes so well about Florida fossils, has given it its proper due. I hope you, the reader, enjoy this account as much as I have." --S. David Webb, Distinguished Research Curator of Fossil Vertebrates, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. "Forget T-rex and the rest of his dino-pals. If you want to read about the number one monster of all time, read this book." --Steve Alten, novelist, "Meg" and "The Trench", and writer for Warner Bros. movie, "The Meg". "...It is unusually refreshing to have a combination of total fantasy and scientific accuracy. Mark Renz has a compulsive style of writing and has sought some of the most respected authorities available, to ensure this book is both up to date and scientifically credible. --David J. Ward, fossil shark researcher and co-author of "Fossils" (Eyewitness Handbooks). "In this beautifully illustrated book, Mark Renz has faithfully captured the sense of awe and discovery that accompanies finding and studying megalodon fossils. More importantly, he has been able to condense the arcane discussions of scientists to a manageable level of complexity, while maintaining a sense of wonder at the richness and complexity of the world around us. Bretton W. Kent, author of "Fossil Sharks of the Chesapeake Bay Region," faculty member, College of Life Sciences at the University of Maryland at College Park. "Mark Renz is back with 'Supershark.' And does he have some stories to tell!" --Edward Morris, reviewer for "Bookpage" and ForeWord".
Surface Prey
By John Lee Schneider

Severed Press
Released: 2019-05-28
Kindle Edition (111 pages)

Surface Prey
 
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Twenty miles off the coast of San Francisco, this small chain of islands hosts a yearly migration of seals... and during this time of year, the sharks are here too – the biggest, hungriest Great Whites in the world.

Attempting to swim off these shores is attempted suicide.

Colin Mason – wealthy, connected – with one leg bitten off by a white shark in these very same waters – now hosts his own yearly event – a marathon swim through the Great White-infested Farallons,

The prize is a million dollars – winner takes all.

How much is your life worth?
Hotel Megalodon
By Rick Chesler

Severed Press
Released: 2015-02-03
Kindle Edition (243 pages)

Hotel Megalodon
 
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An underwater luxury hotel on a gorgeous tropical island is set for an extravagant opening weekend with the world watching. The only thing standing in the way of a first-rate experience for the jet-setting VIPs is an unscrupulous businessman and sixty feet of prehistoric shark. As the underwater complex is besieged by a marauding behemoth, newly minted marine biologist Coco Keahi must face off against the ancient predator as it rises from the deep with a vengeance. Meanwhile, a human monster has decided he would be better off if Coco were one of the creature’s victims.
Journal: Blank Lined Journal For College Students Who Loves Megalodon Shark - 6x9 inches, 120 pages
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Journal: Blank Lined Journal For College Students Who Loves Megalodon Shark - 6x9 inches, 120 pages
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Are you looking for a stylish gift for Megalodon Shark lovers?
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